The Nigerian Army, yesterday, indicated that it was not in a hurry to free the 486 travellers currently being held for screening in Abia State over the suspicion that they were members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.Director of Army Public Relations, DAPR, Brig-Gen. Olajide Laleye, who disclosed this to Saturday Mirror in Abuja, said that the figure was quite huge for the tedious screening processes which aims to ascertain the true personalities and mission of the suspects.Troops of the Nigerian Army, 144 battalion in Asa, Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State, had on Sunday, at about 2 am, intercepted a convoy of 33 buses conveying 486 suspected Boko Haram insurgents from Adamawa state, including eight females between Aro Ngwa and Imo Gate along the Enugu- Port Harcourt Expressway.
Cameroun which shares border with Nigeria is beginning to feel the pang of the Boko Haram insurgents who are storming its villages to recruit young boys, reports Sky NewsThe Nigerian-born Islamic militant group Boko Haram is terrorising communities inside neighbouring Cameroon and snatching young boys from across the border and forcing them to join the sect.Abubakar Shekau is the shadowy leader of Boko Haram who took control of the Islamist group after the death of founder Mohammed Yusuf in 2009.
THE arrest of 486 suspected members of the Boko Haram group and the discovery of explosives inside a Winners’ Chapel in Owerri, Imo State, have continued to generate tension and fears across the southeast, as residents continue to express divergent opinions over a possible attack by the insurgents. Different groups and notable Igbo leaders have expressed their views on the arrest, with most warning that any such attack may warrant a reprisal. The apex Igbo cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said it was not comfortable with the arrest of the 486 suspected terrorists. The organization’s Deputy President, Chief Ogochukwu Onyema, cautioned that the arrest should not be politicized. His words: “As far as I am concerned, the arrest of 486
The Defence headquarters Friday disclosed that a wanted notorious gang leader of the Boko Haram who has led many attacks against the military and the police including the killing of two soldiers along Lokoja Kaduna road in 2013 has been killed.In its blog of Friday, June 20th, DHQ said, “A notorious terrorist who has led serial attacks on security personnel, Mallam Husaini has died in an encounter between his group and a military convoy along Jos – Bauchi highway”.“Husaini who leads a cell of the terrorists billed to operate in the Plateau is known to have led an attack on Headquarters, Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Abuja, in November 2012”.
The Chairman of Presidential Fact Finding Committee on the abduction of Chibok Girls, Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo, rtd, yesterday said that 219 girls out of the total 276 who were abducted are still missing, two months after.The missing girls were abducted from their dormitories at the Government Girls Secondary School, GGSS, Chibok in Borno State on the Wednesday, April 14.Submitting the report of his committee to President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House, General Sabo said that altogether, 395 girls were in the school on the night of their abduction, adding that 276 girls were actually abducted out of which 57 escaped.
AFTER months of rancour-filled, mud-slinging and largely issue-lacking governorship election campaigns, the Ekiti electorate will storm the polling booths today to elect a governor from a motley crowd of 18.Among the leading candidates are incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Opeyemi Bamidele of the Labour Party (LP). Being one of the poorest states in the country in terms of revenue allocation but arguably the best in terms of number of graduates and PhD holders, the Ekiti election, ideally, should be decided by thought-provoking manifestos of the candidates like their policies on tax, education, health, agriculture and
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More lies by Okonjo-Iweala to protect useless Jonathan’s corruption for 2015 Kano votes deal with Mohammed Abacha
World Bank to assist in monitoring utilisation on targeted projects, programmesPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday constituted an inter-ministerial committee to manage the €167 million (about N36 billion) expected to be returned to Nigeria from the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein as part of the looted funds recovered from the Abacha family.The Minister of Finance,…